Harvard’s metalens technology enters commercial development

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Harvard’s metalens technology enters commercial development

Came across this post on Wired, (reposted to ArsTechnica) about a new tech from Harvard which, pre-IPO, just took in 10million USD in funding from Intel and 3M.

Coverage on Harvard.edu: https://otd.harvard.edu/news/harvards-metalens-technology-enters-commercial-development/

A startup company founded by applied physicists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) intends to transform consumer electronics by introducing a powerful technology for imaging and illumination that could replace conventional lenses with an ultrathin, flat optical microchip.

Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), which cultivates the University’s industrial research collaborations and oversees technology commercialization, has granted Boston-based Metalenz, Inc. an exclusive, worldwide license to a portfolio of innovations in flat optics developed in the Harvard lab of Federico Capasso. Metalenz made its plans public today and announced $10 million in investment from Intel Capital, 3M Ventures, Applied Ventures, and TDK Ventures, among others.

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Does anyone have any thoughts on it?

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A camera built around this new lens tech can produce an image of the same if not better quality as traditional lenses, collect more light for brighter photos, and can even enable new forms of sensing in phones, all while taking up less space.

https://www.wired.com/story/metalenz-smartphone-lens/

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